I’m pretty much going to sell you on the avocado in this post, so if you’re not a fan, it’s probably best to move on. This classic homemade guacamole is one of my favorite foods. It’s delicious, nutritious, and a cinch to pull together.
Avocados are pretty popular right now, but probably because they are super trendy, not because they hold some pretty significant health benefits. I’m not sure that anyone is thinking about their heart health when they’re inhaling scoopfuls of guac.
Here are some fun facts about avocados (fun is subjective here, folks)
- They have a lot of water – crazy right?
- They are rich in fiber – yep, 3 grams of fiber in 1/3 of an avocado (that’s a serving size)
- They have monounsaturated fats – that’s the good kind
- They are sugar free — that’s right, no sugar at all!
In a recent review of over 20 research studies, most of them being clinical trials, researchers concluded the following health benefits from avocados:
- Reduces the risk for heart disease by improving lipid markers such as triglycerides and LDL cholesterol.
- Reduces the risk for being overweight and supports weight loss for those already overweight or obese.
- Improves cognitive function.
- Promotes good gut health.
It’s crazy that our food can do this, but it really has an impact collectively on our health.
Try this classic homemade guacamole to get more avocados in your diet.
If you need more avocado recipes, here are some ideas:Print
2 Haas avocados
1 small roma tomato, diced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon chopped fresh or pickled jalapeno
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Dipping: Carrot chips, celery sticks, or tortilla chips
Cut avocados in half, discard the seeds and scoop the flesh into a medium bowl. Smash avocado leaving some chunks.
Stir in the remaining ingredients and serve with choice of dippers.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes